July 21, 2015

It’s Time to Smile Again

Active addiction may have left its mark on you in many ways – but none may be as noticeable as your smile. While the drugs themselves may not be responsible for the damage to your teeth, certain side effects of the drugs or behaviors associated with using can cause most of the damage.

Substance Abuse Damages Teeth

Common behaviors and side effects of substance abuse that damage teeth include:

  • “Dry mouth” that often occurs with some drug use (i.e., smoking cocaine). This prevents the production of saliva that is important for protecting your teeth.
  • Teeth grinding (bruxism) that often increases with substance abuse.
  • The consumption of sugary drinks (i.e., energy drinks, soda), often more frequent when in active addiction, is a primary factor in tooth decay.
  • Oral hygiene neglect (not regularly brushing, flossing, and seeing a dentist) that also damages teeth.

Fortunately, taking the first step and deciding to enter recovery marks the beginning of feeling good about yourself again.

As you start to settle in to your healthy new lifestyle, you may notice the damage done to your teeth due to years of neglect. Because your teeth are one of the first things that people notice about you, your feelings of self-esteem may not be where they could be, and you may be having trouble chewing, getting a job, or meeting new people.

If you’re embarrassed by your smile, we can help you feel good about yourself.

Recovery Dentistry is a Process

Dentistry in recovery is a process, with both short and longer-term goals.

  • If you’re in early recovery, Dr. Alexander will focus on any dental urgency you may have, with the priority to restore comfort as soon as possible.
  • Perhaps you need a thorough dental cleaning. If so, we’ll focus on that to help your teeth and gums to feel clean and fresh again.
  • You may have some complex dental issues that we need to address. In that case, we’ll complete a very thorough exam and spend time discussing what your treatment goals and desires. We’ll prepare a comprehensive treatment plan and schedule a consultation to discuss our findings and various treatment options to address your specific dental needs.
  • Maybe you just want to check us out or obtain a second opinion. We can schedule a brief visit and you can your our office and meet Dr. Alexander and his team. We can address any questions or concerns you may have at this time.

You Can Trust Us

Many patients initially feel afraid about seeing a dentist. Rest assured that at in our Boynton Beach practice, we are not here to judge you or hurt you in any way. We will maintain your confidentiality and provide a safe and secure environment in which you can receive quality dental care, with a staff who understands your unique circumstances.

We are partners with you in your recovery journey and will never prescribe or use any type of habit-forming medication in your treatment. We only use and prescribe non-habit-forming anesthetics and pain medication with our patients in recovery. That is why it is important that you share your story with us.

Take the First Step

Don’t be afraid to contact us. If you’re afraid or embarrassed, please understand that we have seen many patients just like you and have been able to help them smile again, proud of the way they look and feel about themselves.

We’re here to help you too. Call us at 561-732-8877 and let’s take the first step to restore your smile.

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Dr. Alexander is committed to providing the best health and dental care available within a warm, welcoming, and safe environment.